Steiner schools are the largest growing alternative to state maintained educational institutions in the UK. Rudolf Steiner founded the first school in 1919 for the children of workers at the German Waldorf Astoria Factory. Today there are more than 1,000 Steiner schools worldwide and 2,000 Early Years settings in 60 different countries.
There are currently 35 Steiner schools in the UK with four based in Scotland.
The Steiner/Waldorf approach makes a fresh and positive engagement with current educational dilemmas. The curriculum focuses on the cultivation and nourishment of right and left-brain skills, fostering creativity, initiative, social responsibility and moral awareness in children and young people.
Steiner schools differ from other schools in both curriculum and approach. From Kindergarten to the final year (Class 12), subject matter is linked to a child’s developmental stage, which both inspires and motivates the pupils. All subjects are linked together and taught in a wider context interweaving academic, artistic and practical subjects.
This holistic approach to education enables pupils to develop a broader understanding of the world in which we live. The aim of developing imaginative, responsible and caring young people is deeply embedded in all subjects and in the way in which they are presented – aims that the Scottish Curriculum for
Excellence is striving to achieve.
The Steiner/Waldorf curriculum is noted by educationalists, doctors, policy-makers and parents for its progressive, effective and practical contribution to cultural and social life.
Becoming a Steiner teacher is therefore a rewarding and inspiring career choice.
Images: Practicing clapping games (top) and a painting class (below)